Psychologist: Why criminals post crimes on social media and why it’s not likely to stop

(CNN Newsource)

A murder in Cleveland.

Two journalists shot to death in Virginia.

In Chicago, a 15-year-old girl sexually assaulted and a brutal attack on a disabled man.

All of the videos were posted online.

"When we're inundated with those types of stories, I think it's easy to get desensitized,” said Dr. Justin Briggs, psychologist at Lipscomb University.

Briggs says while social media platforms come under fire when these videos go viral, the reasons behind the violent crimes is nothing new.

“Serial killers from Jack the Ripper to people who are broadcasting their crimes on Facebook, it is a platform where you are going to have an audience,” Briggs said.

Every day that audience grows bigger, and more and more videos of crimes are showing up online, including right here in Tennessee where a teen recorded his friend stomping another teen's head into the asphalt.

Last month, Memphis Police say teens stole a car and streamed the police chase on Facebook Live.

The question is, why could they be doing this?

"There are personality disorders that are founded on people's desire to get noticed,” Briggs said.

The physiologist said, in some cases, people care less about going to jail than they do about being seen.

"When the goal is attention, you don’t really care maybe as much whether it be negative or positive,” Briggs said.

When the need is extreme, even a human life comes seems less important than posting a video.

Briggs says like with any form of communication most people will use social media for good, and it's important to note in many of these cases good people saw the videos and called the police.

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